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6 Top Rated Acne Spot Treatment Copycats: Which is the Best?

There are popular versions of acne spot treatment. There are luxury ones and drugstore alternatives. And although they are all marketed in the same general way, used in the same way and tend to share common ingredients, they are not identical. I cannot tell you which came first, but I can tell you which does what, how they are rated, and which is my personal favorite.

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Beauty Overhaul at Target

At one time I would have said Target sold drugstore beauty brands, you know the classics: CoverGirl, L’Oreal, Maybelline. But, Target has been shaking things up recently. Not only have a lot of stores gotten a “next generation” makeover at the high-end level, but their beauty sections have exploded with new brands, relaunched ones, and a decent selection of cruelty-free and eco-friendly findings.

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Makeup Fixes To Help Your Looks Survive Winter

It is a new year! We get to redefine ourselves, set goals, and hopefully stick to them. But, a new year comes with a breath of fresh and frigid cold air right to the face. We have already discussed skincare changes you can make to accommodate yourself for the cooler weather in our "Skincare Products For Fall" post, but what about makeup changes?

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Skin Exfoliation 101: The Whats, Hows, and Whys

The exfoliators you used back in the day, St. Yves among others, probably had little plastic beads in them, which are now banned. Not only were these detrimental to the environment but they could burst within the pores causing serious damage. All of those have since been replaced with physical exfoliators. What is a physical exfoliator, you ask? Here are basics of exfoliation!

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Makeup is Genderless

For how long has makeup been marketed solely to women? Just because a product has pink packaging, is sold near handbags, and being used by female models does not mean it is only meant for women. And times are changing. Men, transgenders, and those who are gender-neutral are making their voices heard in the beauty world.

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What’s New in Drugstore Beauty?

Drugstore brands have just as much money as high-end brands and quite often the actual products are just as good. So let’s take a minute to focus on some new and standout products from the drugstore. These are not just new shades of blush, but products we don’t often see at drugstore prices.

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Essential Oils & Beauty : What You Need To Know

Natural beauty is on the rise. The brands we love and the products we buy all contain natural essence, organic this, and plant-derived that. There is a reason we adore them so much; they work. Essential oils have been used in beauty routines and rituals for centuries. So, here are some tips on essential oils and DIYs for your skin type.

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Rare Beauty Finds

Finding hidden gems in the beauty world can be nearly impossible. Everyone is screaming from the rooftops about brands like Urban Decay and Tarte, but what about the products that are not getting the praise they deserve? Discover the undiscoverable, the diamond in the rough, the latte in a world of instant coffee.

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Skincare and Beauty Products for Fall

For real summer is officially over. What does that mean for your beauty routine? Your skin will most likely start to parch, and that increase in dryness is localized on your cheeks, lips, under eyes, back, and legs. So, other than amping up your moisturizer game, here is how you can make your skincare and beauty routines work this fall.

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The Beauty Brands That Dreams Are Made Of

As much as budget buying in the beauty world is easy and convenient, there is nothing like splurging on luxury beauty products. Whether it be skincare, makeup or hair care, when you invest in yourself the feeling is indescribable. So here are just some of the luxury brands that not only make you look amazing, but make you feel extra fabulous.

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What is Franken Makeup?

Have you heard of franken-makeup? Maybe not. After all, it is a relatively new idea and is not exactly a running success. No, it isn’t making your makeup look like Frankenstein or anything like that. It also isn’t the next cat eye or liquid lip craze. It was first introduced to the online beauty community about a year ago by one of the most unique creators there is Safiya Nygaard.

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Cruelty-Free Makeup Under $5, Who Knew?

Whether you are looking to revamp your beauty collection, go entirely cruelty-free on a budget, or just want to delve into the world of affordable beauty, these are some cruelty-free brands selling phenomenal makeup for mostly under $5. Many of them even have a large number of vegan products available, and rarely cost more than $10.

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Beauty Glossary: Common and Confusing Words

“What do you mean?” is probably a question you ask a lot if you read about beauty, but are less than familiar with beauty jargon. Beauty, like most everything else in life, is all about learning. There is an endless world of techniques, looks, styles and ideas to know, play with, and master. So here are some of the most common and confusing beauty slang words and their definitions.

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5 DIY Holiday Lip Scrubs Under 2 Mins with Fun Flavors and Organic Ingredients for Everyone

If you want to customize your lip scrub and have full control over what you put on your skin, or are on a budget but still want a quality product that works wonders, DIY is your best bet. And trust me, I made the best lip scrub last week and it took under 2 minutes. My lips are smoother and more kissable than ever before! Plus, this is the best time to get into the lip scrub life, because that chill in the air will only get colder, bringing with it cracked and flaky lips.

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Our Top 4 Beauty Brands with Unique Concepts From Packaging to Sustainability that are Affordable and Work Wonders

Beauty brands can no longer launch without some sort of concept beyond “this is skincare” or “this is makeup.” With the beauty space so full that even the biggest of beauty lovers cannot possibly get their hands on everything, brands need to stand out from the crowd. Of course, there are new brands launching what seems like daily, but these 4 are some beauty brands that really stand out due to their unique ideas, fun concepts, or intense transparency.

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The Top 5 Blackhead Vacuums for Home Facials

Unless you have been living under a rock (with the latest political news, I wouldn’t blame you), you have likely heard something about blackhead vacuums. Nearly every beauty blogger and vlogger has reviewed one. These handy gadgets are super intriguing. You know the satisfaction when you rip off a pore strip and see the grossness come off, seeing blackheads being sucked out with a vacuum is much better. With all the hype, do these gadgets really work? And if so, which ones are the best?

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Surprising Beauty Gadgets Worth a Try

We have all heard of the Clarisonic, Foreo, and Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask. And thanks to stunning celebrities like Tracee Ellis Ross and Sarah Hyland, we also know and love the coveted Nurse Jamie tools. There are so many beauty gadgets around, it can be hard to keep up. Yes, some are certainly gimmicks, but others are actually worth it with sophisticated Instagram videos and stunning before-and-afters that are impossible to deny.

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